Teaching primary science: human spaceflight NE002 / C20

Duration
3 Weeks
Learning Method
Online Delivered CPD

Summary

Online, self-paced course, in collaboration with ESERO-UK. The context of human spaceflight provides an engaging way for learning STEM subjects. There are many topics in the primary science curriculum where you can use the theme of space to engage pupils. For example, designing an astronaut’s space suit can bring in aspects of the science curriculum to do with properties and the uses of materials. Exercise, keeping healthy and having a balanced diet can be applied to an astronaut’s training regime and their time in space. You will also consider cross curricular links, for example, to numeracy and literacy. Through this course you will access classroom resources and activities that develop practical skills and support working scientifically. 

Taking part in this CPD will provide evidence for the Space Education Quality Mark (SEQM). It will also give you resources and subject knowledge that will enable you to plan lessons and enrichment activities to provide further evidence towards the quality mark. In the first week you will be presented with an activity grid to help you to identify areas which support the curriculum and give opportunities for working scientifically. This grid can also be used as part of the evidence for your submission.

Who is it for?

This course is for primary school teachers. There will be references to the English National Curriculum but learners will be encouraged to review their local curricula to contextualise the course content.

What topics are covered?

This three week course covers:
  • human spaceflight as a context for teaching: exercise and healthy eating; properties and uses of materials; light
  • cross curricular opportunities, including geography, literacy, maths
  • careers in STEM and in particular the space industry

How will you learn?

This online, self-paced course can be completed flexibly. Participants can join and start this course at any time after the advertised date. Find out how our online CPD works.

How long is this course?

This course takes around three hours per week to complete and you do not need to be online at any specific time. You can take the course at your own pace.

Who is the course leader?

Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify opportunities across the curriculum to use space as a context for learning
  • engage children in practical activities using the context of human spaceflight
  • design lessons that show science in an applied context
  • identify careers that link in to the space industry

Sessions

DateTime
Teaching primary science: humans in space19 April 202100:00-00:00

Notes

Group enrolments: If you are a school, college or MAT and wish to arrange payment by invoice for 25 or more participants, please contact onlinecpd@stem.org.uk quoting the course code, title and start date.

FutureLearn terms and conditions: This course is hosted on the FutureLearn social learning platform and you will need to create an account if you do not already have one. 

In addition to STEM Learning Terms and Conditions, by booking on this course you are consenting to FutureLearn’s Terms and Conditions for Invited Learners. By booking onto this course, you agree that your information will be held by FutureLearn and National STEM Learning Centre as data controllers in common, and that by joining the course on FutureLearn your progress will be monitored by STEM Learning.

If you have booked in advance of the course being available, you will receive an email to access the course on FutureLearn no later than the course start date.

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Cost

State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£20.00 +VAT
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£40.00 +VAT

Participants from outside the UK will be charged the course fee and an additional £120 per day plus VAT.

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